After DCE, it seems DU is about to lose the only engineering college left in its domain. The State Government is now considering the upgrade of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) in Dwarka into a university. According to sources in the directorate of higher education, the government is as of now working on a draft bill to upgrade NSIT to a state university of technical education.
The government, having learnt its lesson following the student angst and resentment that was generated when DCE was converted into a university, is now carefully contemplating the pros and cons of such an action and consulting all the stakeholders before the bill is drafted.
Although Anand Prakash, principal secretary of the directorate of training and technical education, confirmed that efforts are on to upgrade NSIT into a university saying, “We are in the preliminary stages of the proposal. We are trying to find the most non– controversial way to upgrade NSIT. We do not want a situation similar to that of DCE,” DU’s VC, Dinesh Singh is however unaware of any such plans saying, “I haven’t heard anything on this.”
DCE’s upgradation to Delhi Technological University (DTU) in 2009 caused students concern because they felt disassociating from DU could dilute the reputation of the college and affect its brand name. It is believed that things would not go the same way with NSIT as it has been seeking the status of a deemed university for nearly a decade now.
Sources say the proposal to upgrade NSIT into a university will be placed before the governing body of the college for approval. It will then be sent to the state government. “There is no set deadline for the job. It is part of the government’s plan to make Delhi a higher education hub. That’s why it is trying to create a technical university on the lines of foreign universities,” a source in the directorate of training and technical education, said.